After Lesnar’s swift exit from the WWE title picture, the assumption was he’d take his talents back to the UFC, where a tilt with Daniel Cormier has been rumored since they went face-to-face in the Octagon last July. UFC president Dana White claimed in February that he had an opponent lined up for Cormier, but apparently that person isn’t Lesnar.
“That fight might not even happen,” White said ahead of UFC 236, per ESPN. “We haven’t even talked to Brock. I don’t know if he’ll fight again, but we don’t have a date right now. When Brock Lesnar is ready, he’ll call me.”
Former champion Stipe Miocic hasn’t fought since he dropped the belt to Cormier last year, but apparently if Lesnar is a no-go, the 36 year old may step in for a rematch.
“The first fight might be Stipe,” White said. “We got to wait for Cormier. He went back to the gym, I think, two weeks ago and did a light workout. He’s still not healthy. As soon as he’s healthy to fight, we can make a decision on when we’ll do him and Stipe.”
Cormier previously announced an unwillingness to wait for Lesnar. Time isn’t on his side, as he recently turned 40 years old, and is dealing with a slew of injuries that have sidelined him since a win over Derrick Lewis in November. Cormier hasn’t lost since 2015, when he dropped a decision to Jon Jones.
Lesnar hasn’t fought since 2016, when he had his victory over Mark Hunt overturned due to a USADA violation. Lesnar re-entered the USADA drug testing pool back in July, meaning he could conceivably be eligible to return to the UFC any day now. Lesnar is rumored to be in contract negotiations with WWE, All Elite Wrestling and UFC.